Clarissa Cruz
June 09, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wedding Bell Blues: 100 Years of Our Great Romance with Marriage

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Barson, Steven Heller

We gave it an A

Wedding Bell Blues: 100 Years of Our Great Romance with Marriage may look like the usual sugary, bridal-planning swoon-fest, but within its frothy packaging is a surprisingly detailed history of marriage as reflected in pop culture over the past century. Using vintage prints, movie posters, and book jackets to complement the cheeky text, authors Michael Barson and Steven Heller have cobbled together a witty chronicle of modern wedlock. In chapters that cover everything from weary star advice (Woody Allen once said, ”Marriage is the death of hope”) to excerpts from hilariously antiquated sex manuals to the top 10 Hollywood couplings, Blues manages to both skewer and celebrate in a lively, fresh way. We think we’re in love. A

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